Steven Fonseca, youth pastor for the North Cascade Church in Burlington, Wash., attended the Seventh-day Adventist Global Youth Leaders Congress, held in Kassel, Germany, from July 31 to Aug. 4.
At Adventist Health, we believe that learning goes beyond the classroom. In fact, we’re convinced that on-the-job training is an essential part of the education process. Toward that end, the Roseville, Calif.-based organization—with 20 hospitals throughout California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington—offers internships to college students who want to put classroom theories to practice and gain real-world experience.
Some time ago, the father of an ICU nurse was admitted to Walla Walla General Hospital (WWGH) with heart problems. Things weren’t looking good when Walt Meske, a hospital chaplain, stopped by for a visit. “As I came in the room, he said, ‘I think my time’s about up.’ You could see the uncertainty in his eyes, so I just asked if he was ready. He opened up with a flood of questions. ‘Tell me, what does it mean? What happens?’”
TCGH’s Faith in Action volunteers offer hope, support and friendship to the elderly and people of all ages who suffer from chronic illness, mental illness and other disabilities. In 2002 alone, the Faith in Action coalition made a difference by:
• Recruiting more than 100 volunteers
• Donating nearly 6,000 hours in aid to area families
• Enabling 104 local residents to remain independent and at home through visits and respite care
When Twinetta Frazer’s physician prescribed an exercise program to reduce her weight and stabilize her diabetes, the Marie Mills Madrona House, a local agency for disabled adults, immediately contacted Tillamook County General Hospital (TCGH). The hospital’s Faith in Action program, which assists the disabled and chronically ill with the help of volunteers, was more than happy to lend a hand. They quickly matched Frazer with volunteer Connie Sutton and the two became fast friends.
Adventist Medical Center Offers New Service to New Moms
Whether you’re a patient, family member, or on-duty employee, Adventist Medical Center (AMC) in Portland, Ore., strives to make the Sabbath hours a special and memorable time for all. From singing bands to worship services to flowers and Bible verses, employees and volunteers take time to infuse a peaceful and calming Sabbath atmosphere throughout the facility.
Outreach Through Song and Worship
A nurse and a missionary. That’s all Lauri Rootvik, RN, ever wanted to be. And for this veteran nurse and recent recipient of Walla Walla General Hospital’s (WWGH) Mission Achievement Award, those dreams are fulfilled with every patient, every day, every time she walks through the hospital doors.
While a hospital’s primary function is to provide health care services, its influence naturally extends into many other areas of community life. Not only is a hospital usually among a community’s largest employers, it is involved in business and civic organizations as well as a variety of other community functions and activities. When the hospital is an Adventist owned or managed facility, it also benefits local Adventist churches and schools.